In Conversation with...
Free Online Shared Inquiry Series - Open to Students in Grades 6 - 8 & 9 - 12
Next Session: Thursday, May 28 at 4:00 PM, EDT
The need for literature, art, discussion, and connection are more important than ever during these uncertain times. That’s why we are bringing a little summer camp magic into your home with a free series, In Conversation with. This new online series will be hosted by Great Books distinguished Academic Directors each week. It will focus on shared inquiry discussions on poetry, art, and short fiction.
Next Up: Join us for In Conversation with Dr. Kenneth Sammond on May 28. Great Books Academic Director Ken Sammond is a senior lecturer at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he teaches writing and literature. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University and an MPA from Baruch College-CUNY.
Kenneth will lead a shared inquiry discussion of "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth.
Please RSVP to attend:
An email with the event details and link will be sent after we receive your RSVP.
Whether it's online, on the phone, via text, email, or jumping on our website for a live chat, you can reach us anytime. We invite you to stay tuned for more information about our online options and updates on our summer plans.
What Students are Saying About In Conversation with...
Taken from student surveys:
- "I would certainly join again because these conversations really inspire me and help me to become a more creative and open-minded person. I would definitely recommend this to a friend because I personally LOVE reading books, and hearing authors talk about them, and I think this is a really great experience for others too! This definitely did meet my expectations because the host was really accepting and welcoming to/of everyone and very patient. She embraced everyone and gave all participants a chance to ask their questions and speak up."
- "It was typical Great Books - a great and insightful conversation."
- "The discourse was even more academic than I expected."
- "You went beyond. I felt so appreciated and I felt what I said mattered."
- "I enjoyed that we were able to hear the opinions of many different people with different points of view so we could see things in a new light."
- "I enjoyed hearing from students from all over the country from all different grades. I go to a small, all-girls school so having a variety of perspectives on the material was interesting.
- "It was very interesting to talk to students from around the world, and Mr. Stavans had very intriguing points during the conference."
- "It was cool to have the experiece, somewhat, of greatbooks while sitting at home. The session was a nice break from the complications of the current world situation, and we got to look upon the current pandemic in an educational and itellectual lighting."
- "For an online course to be engaging and interactive is incredibly difficult but once achieved makes for an amazing experience."
Previously In Conversation with...
- In Conversation with Dr. Dominic Vendell: May 25 - Arrowhead Hunting by A.E. Stallings
- In Conversation with Dr. Annie Seaton: May 19 & May 21 - Shakespeare's Sonnets 18 & 65, and Plato's Allegory of the Cave
- In Conversation with Dr. Joseph Coulson: May 12 & May 14 - Poetry of T.S. Eliot
- In Conversation with Award-Winning Poet Martín Espada: May 7
- Online Hideous Cup of Poetry: May 5 - Winners Fabulous Fedoras
- In Conversation with Alex Johnson: Thursday, April 30 - Closing Time; Iskandariya, by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and View of Delft, by Johannes Vermeer
- In Conversation with Noah Rosenblum, J.D.: Thursday, April 23 & Tuesday, April 28 - Painting by Edvard Munch
- In Conversation with Priya Purohit Mouser, J.D.: Thursday, April 16 & Tuesday, April 21 - The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakarun
- In Conversation with Dr. Steven Volk: Thursday, April 9 & Tuesday April 14 - Art work of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo
- In Conversation with Max Suechting: Thursday, April 2 & Tuesday, April 7 - Painting: New York Movie, 1939 by Edward Hopper
- In Conversation with Dr. Ilan Stavans: Thursday, March 27 & Tuesday, March 31 - Poems: One Art by Elizabeth Bishop & Pandemania by Daniel Halpern